Third Year > Attendance Policy

Students are to attend and actively participate in all hours of language instruction in order to ensure steady progress.

Given the complexity of distinguishing between the concept of 'excused' versus 'unexcused' absences, the Language Center guidelines refer only to 'absences.' The record of absences is not included in the grading scale (i.e., the performance grade) but rather in the overall final grade.

Students who will miss class for official University-sponsored activities should notify their instructor during the first week of class regarding the date(s) of expected absence(s) and the official activity involved.

Spanlang 101/101SL is offered twice weekly for a total of 4 contact hours, and Spanlang 102/102SL for a total of 3 contact hours. If students expect or even anticipate exiting from classes for some reason (such as athletic performances or job interviews), they should consider taking a language class during some other quarter.

In Spanlang 101/101SL, for the first two absences, each absence of one class hour will result in a 1% deduction from the final class grade; for all subsequent absences, 3% per hour missed will be deducted, i.e., missing a week of class (8%) = a 92% ceiling for calculating a final grade. As an example, a performance grade of 90% with 2 class (4 hours') absences is equal to 82% as the final grade.

Number of Hours Absent Deduction from final grade
0 0%
1 1%
2 2%
3 5%
4* 8%

*3 percentage points taken off the final grade for each successive absence. 
Note that three tardies are taken as equal to one hour's absence.  
Any tardy of more than 15 minutes will count as one hour's absence.

In Spanlang 102/102SL, the first two absences of 1.5 hours will each result in a 2% deduction from the final grade. Thereafter, each class absence will result in a 4% deduction from the final grade.

Number of Hours Absent Deduction from final grade
0 0%
1.5 2%
3 4%
4.5 8%
6** 12%

**4 percentage points taken off the final grade for each successive absence
Note that three tardies are taken as equal to one hour's absence.
Any tardy of more than 15 minutes will count as one absence.